Mahama, Rwanda: erupted more than a dozen schoolgirls in tears as one Malala Yousafzai about the rapes, said that they have faced, and witnessed as they fled to Rwanda in 2015 to escape fighting in Burundi.
The education activist, 19-year-old clearly moved by the Burundian refugees weep bitterly. “It’s very shocking,” the youngest winner of the Nobel Prize in the world, who survived a near fatal attack by the Taliban in a refugee camp Mahama Rwanda. “It’s a very tragic stories, very moving and emotional.”
And he entered Burundi in the year-long crisis, which has killed more than 450 people and forced 270,000 to flee their follow since President Pierre Nkurunziza won a third term. He said opponents of the move a violation of the Constitution and the agreement that ended the civil war in 2005.
Angie Mireille Ndikumwenayo was on a bus heading to Rwanda in May 2015 when she saw two girls being gang raped on the side of the road.
“They tried to run and call for help but no one could help them because they have guns,” said the player, aged 20 years, pointing to Imbonerakure, youth wing of the ruling party, which says rights groups attacked and torture of government opponents, charges a charge Damascus denies. “It broke my heart.”
Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai and, compared to the girls to his daughter, reminding that they cried when I heard on the radio in 2009 that the Taliban in Pakistan has issued a decree banning girls from going to school.
“She cried and I cried,” he said during a visit to the camp on Thursday. “But as you know, for the first time I was crying, and then I was screaming and screaming and raise your voice for your rights … when there is night, there is the dawn.”
The vast majority of 50,000 Burundian refugees living in the Mahama camp in southeast Rwanda are children.
The United Nations refugee agency in the (UNHCR) Kenya’s Paul, president of Kirehe field office, often children traveling alone there are about 12 new arrivals every day. “The others are now asking to join a political party and militia, and they refuse then forced to flee,” he said.
He said that people who know the families have fled to Rwanda often fall under suspicion and must also leaves.
He said about 65 percent of the refugees Mahama come from the border province of Kirundo Burundi as barriers make it difficult for people living in the south to leave the country. “And they are being beaten to explain why they were fleeing,” he said. “And they accused of being spies.”
Relations between Rwanda and Burundi tense in the wake of a report to the Security Council of the UN accuses Rwanda of Rwandan training and funding the rebels, a charge Rwanda denies.
Burundi crisis and raised fears it could develop into an ethnic conflict in the region, where memories of the genocide in neighboring Rwanda in 1994 fresh.
The report said rebels, including six children, said they had been recruited in the Mahama camp, an issue that has raised Yousafzai on Wednesday with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. “It’s their age to get an education … not (to) bring them back to their country as soldiers,” she said.
The representative of Rwanda Commission, Saber Azam, and his staff received reports of forced recruitment into the ranks of the refugees, even though they did not witness it themselves.
“In order to be more secure site, and we need to keep children and teens busy, whether in school or out of school,” he said, adding that he had asked the International Olympic Committee to provide children with the football and basketball stadiums.
Angie said Mireille Ndikumwenayo, who witnessed a gang rape on the side of the road, how I felt Yousafzai and girls who have given birth after being raped can not be undone in the classroom.
“It’s a shame to talk and say that I had been raped,” she said, dressed in a blue shirt and black skirt like her colleagues sitting on a wooden bench behind her. “When you’re not married and you give birth, you think life is over.”
Ndikumwenayo became a mother three years ago, but he returned to school with the dream of becoming a journalist to draw attention to violence against women and girls. It is now in her final year at school Paysannat, on a hill outside the camp.
Eight out of ten of the 12,000 students at the school for the refugees, who are studying side by side with the local Rwandan children.
“To find out with these Rwandan children can ease the pressures of life can have,” said Rwanda’s Minister for Refugees (UNHCR), Serafin Mukantabana, herself a former refugee. “They believe that life can go on even if they are in exile.”
The first university in the world in a refugee camp in the camp opened Kiziba in western Rwanda in 2015, including 17,000 Congolese refugees, of whom he was in exile for 20 years.
Students study online and with visiting professors from the Rwandan capital Kigali. “We will be the establishment of the university than ever, the second in a refugee camp in Mahama very soon,” said Saber Commission Yousafzai.